Stealing Secrets by H. Donald Winkler
How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil War

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Clandestine missions. Clever, devious, daring. Passionately committed to a cause.

During America's most divisive war, both the Union and Confederacy took advantage of brave and courageous women willing to adventurously support their causes. These female spies of the Civil War participated in the world's second-oldest profession-spying-a profession perilous in the extreme. The tales of female spies are filled with suspense, bravery, treachery, and trickery. They took enormous risks and achieved remarkable results-often in ways men could not do.

As stated on the grave marker of Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew:

"She risked everything that is dear to man-friends, fortune, comfort, health, life itself."

Told with personality and pizzazz, author H. Donald Winkler uses primary Civil War sources such as memoirs, journals, letters, and newspaper articles, plus the latest in scholarly research, to make these incredible stories come alive.


About H. Donald Winkler

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H. Donald Winkler is a professional journalist, historian, and retired university public-affairs executive. The recipient of 84 national awards, In 1991 he was cited by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for "professional endeavors that have strengthened the entire fabric of American education.
Published September 1, 2010 by Cumberland House. 353 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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In this breezy overview of 36 women who spied for the Confederacy and the Union, Winkler (Lincoln's Ladies) tells "stories of women spies…filled with suspense and seduction, treachery and trickery, romance and bravery."

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She was described as “a woman of almost irresistible seductive powers.” When the Civil War began, old-time Southerners moved out of Washington, but Rose Greenbow stayed and became the “Rebel Queen of Washington Spies.” Although in her mid-forties, Rose used her sensuality to create the largest ne...

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